News (English) - World Health Organization

Corporate news releases, statements, and notes for media issued by the World Health Organization.

  • Study estimates more than one million Indians died from snakebite envenoming over past two decades

    Study estimates more than one million Indians died from snakebite envenoming over past two decades

    India is among the countries most dramatically affected by snakebite and accounts for almost half the total number of annual deaths in the world. Authors of the article entitled ‘Trends in...

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  • Independent evaluation of global COVID-19 response announced

    Independent evaluation of global COVID-19 response announced

    WHO Director-General today announced the initiation of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.In remarks to...

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  • Addressing the crisis in antibiotic development

    Today, more than 20 leading biopharmaceutical companies are announcing the launch of the AMR Action Fund that will invest in developing innovative antibacterial treatments. The Fund aims to bring...

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  • UN Public Service Day

    Honouring the public servants who have been working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.Whether working in healthcare or delivering essential services in the areas of sanitation, social...

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  • WHO discontinues hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir treatment arms for COVID-19

    WHO discontinues hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir treatment arms for COVID-19

    WHO today accepted the recommendation from the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee to discontinue the trial’s hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms. The Solidarity Trial...

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  • WHO experts to travel to China

    WHO experts will travel to China to work together with their Chinese counterparts to prepare scientific plans for identifying the zoonotic source of the SARS-COV-2 virus. The experts will develop...

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  • Update from WHO and Pew Charitable Trusts: urgent action needed to accelerate antibiotic development

    Update from WHO and Pew Charitable Trusts: urgent action needed to accelerate antibiotic development

    Just as the COVID-19 pandemic started taking the world by storm, The World Health Organization (WHO) and The Pew Charitable Trust (Pew) each released assessments of the global antibiotic pipeline....

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  • WHO: access to HIV medicines severely impacted by COVID-19 as AIDS response stalls

    WHO: access to HIV medicines severely impacted by COVID-19 as AIDS response stalls

    Seventy-three countries have warned that they are at risk of stock-outs of antiretroviral (ARV) medicines as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new WHO survey conducted ahead of the...

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  • WHO launches iSupport Lite

    WHO launches iSupport Lite

    The recent COVID-19 pandemic and resulting breakdown of community-based services for people with dementia and their caregivers emphasized the importance of providing caregivers with accessible...

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  • Statement of the twenty-fifth polio IHR Emergency Committee

    Statement of the twenty-fifth polio IHR Emergency Committee

      The twenty-fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) on the international spread of poliovirus was convened and opened by the Director...

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  • Chemicals and COVID - Tuesday, 7July2020, 11AM-CEST

    Dear Colleagues,COVID-19 has changed our life: disinfectants, hand sanitizers, personal protective equipment (PPE) have become attributes of fighting against the virus transmission. Most of these...

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  • Introductory meeting of WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis

    An introductory meeting of WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Tuberculosis (STAG-TB) was held on 24-25 June 2020. STAG-TB, which is comprised of 15 eminent experts from ministries of...

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  • WHO announced as a Global Leader of the Generation Equality Action Coalition on ending gender-based violence

    WHO announced as a Global Leader of the Generation Equality Action Coalition on ending gender-based violence

    The  Generation Equality Forum—a global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France in partnership with civil society—today...

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  • 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared over; vigilance against flare-ups and support for survivors must contin

    10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared over; vigilance against flare-ups and support for survivors must contin

    Today marks the end of the 10th outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This long, complex and difficult outbreak has been overcome due to the leadership and...

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  • WHO urges countries to expand access to rapid molecular tests for the detection of TB and drug-resistant TB

    WHO urges countries to expand access to rapid molecular tests for the detection of TB and drug-resistant TB

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging countries to expand access to rapid molecular tests for the detection of TB and drug-resistant TB in updated consolidated guidelines, released today....

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  • Public call for data on diagnostic accuracy on nucleic acid amplification tests to detect TB and resistance to selected anti-TB agents

    Public call for data on diagnostic accuracy on nucleic acid amplification tests to detect TB and resistance to selected anti-TB agents

    Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) are promising technologies for the rapid and accurate detection of TB and resistance to selected anti-TB agents. In December 2020, the World Health...

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  • WHO speaks at the European Parliament on the COVID-19 response

    On June 25, WHO Director General Dr Tedros  Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Dr Hand Kluge, Regional Director of WHO Europe, spoke at the European Parliament Committee for Environment, Public Health and...

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  • Partners in health: Germany and France commit to increased support to WHO affirming the Organization’s crucial role in global public health

    Partners in health: Germany and France commit to increased support to WHO affirming the Organization’s crucial role in global public health

    Germany and France have reconfirmed their political, financial and technical support to WHO. His Excellency Olivier Véran, Minister for Solidarity and Health of the Republic of France, and His...

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  • Timeline of WHO’s response to COVID-19

    Timeline of WHO’s response to COVID-19

    WHO provides this timeline of the organization’s COVID-19 response activities for general information. WHO will update the timeline on a regular basis and in light of evolving events and new...

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  • 8th TRIAD Meeting: Statement

    8th TRIAD Meeting: Statement

    The 2020 “Triad Statement” was issued at the close of the 8th biennial meeting of the WHO, the International Confederation of Midwives, and the International Council of Nurses.  In 2020 the Triad...

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